Alvord Community Students present their work at the Railyard Park food gardens to Jane Goodall, using a poster called “Sparkly Desert.” Jane Goodall visited Santa Fe to listen to presentations from about 20 youth and school groups.
Greetings from the Railyard Park! First of all, join us this Saturday, May 15 for a fun planting workshop with a farmer from the Master Gardeners Association, or on Saturday, May 22 to plant in our donation garden with Beneficial Farms!
If you’ve walked through the park lately, you may have enjoyed the yellow roses blooming along the Gabion Gardens while listening to the sound of water gurguling past in the Acequia Madre.
While spring thinks about warming up–sometimes yes, sometimes no–gardening in the park is certainly warming up. In the last month the park has had visits from a number of school groups, including Alvord, Acequia Madre, Cochiti, Monte del Sol, School for the Deaf, Waldorf, preschool kids, and Agua Fria Elementary (coming soon). Many of the school groups have volunteered in the waffle garden and helped beautify the park for spring.
Stop by the Waffle Garden to see their efforts unfurling, with beautiful fava beans, red runners, bok choy, onions, garlic, carrots, spinach, radishes, beets, lettuces, peas and many other vegetables already vigorously growing.
Dedicated park volunteers have also been busy tending the over 125 different varieties of perennial flowers, shrubs, trees, and grasses that make our park unique in Santa Fe. Stewards have provided over 500 hours of service to the park so far this Spring! EARLYBIRDS GARDENING DAYS are ongoing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Come on out and join us!
The Farmers Market has moved outside, making our Tuesdays and Saturdays in the park more lively. Stop by our info booth at the Saturday Artists Market, and say hello to our summer VISTA intern, Heidi Brandow, a student at IAIA.
See you in the park!
MAY & JUNE EVENTS IN THE PARK
SATURDAY MAY 15– SPRING PLANTING WORKSHOP with the MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION A local farmer and member of the Master Gardeners will guide attendees on planting choices and techniques, including hands-on planting in the community garden. Attendees will plant a giant pumpkin, an herb garden, a squash garden and more! 10 a.m. – Noon at the Railyard Park.
FRIDAY MAY 21– BIKE TO WORK DAY EVENTS & BOOTHS Railyard Plaza, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. The event will feature door prizes, food, coffee, bike experts, and other fun and informative activities
SATURDAY MAY 22– SPRING PLANTING II WORKSHOP with BENEFICIAL FARMS Join us in our community waffle garden for education on spring planting! This garden is focused on education, and donation to local food banks. 10 a.m. – Noon at the Railyard Park.
SATURDAY JUNE 12 – HORN O’ PLENTY VEGETABLE GARDENING Help plant and maintain the community vegetable gardens and ornamental gardens, 10 a.m. – Noon
SATURDAY JUNE 19 – IRRIGATION WORKSHOP with THE CITY OF SANTA FE – Learn how to get the most out of your irrigation system! Robert Wood will instruct. 10 a.m. – Noon at the REI COMMUNITY Room at 500 Market Street.
► SUNDAY JUNE 20 – FATHER’S DAY CONCERT AND MOVIE
► SATURDAY JUNE 26 – GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION
For more information or to RSVP for workshops, contact the Stewards email@example.com or at 505-982-6975.